Ultra secures contract to provide Hull Mounted Sonars for Canadian Surface Combatant

According to information published by Ultra on October 4, 2022, the company has secured an initial three-ship set production order from Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. (Lockheed) for the supply of Hull Mounted Sonars (HMS) for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ship.
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The latest order is valued at circa $19.5M and further supports manufacturing jobs at Ultra’s recently refurbished and expanded site located in Dartmouth, Halifax.

The CSC program is the largest and most complex shipbuilding initiative in Canada since World War II. Revitalizing the Canadian shipbuilding industry, the project is sustaining and creating thousands of highly-skilled jobs and enables Canada to domestically support the combat ships once in service.

Lockheed Martin Canada holds the contract for the design and integration of the CSC Combat System with Ultra acting as the anti-submarine warfare lead, and supplying extensive capabilities, inclusive of the HMS.

About the CSC project

The Canadian Surface Combatant, formerly the Single Class Surface Combatant Project is the name given to the procurement project that will replace the Iroquois and Halifax-class warships with up to 15 new ships beginning in the mid to late 2020s as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

The replacement vessels will be somewhat larger than the existing Halifax class, and presumably provide a wide-area air defence capability, anti-submarine warfare capability, as well as anti-shipping capability.

They will have a length of 151.4 m (496 ft 9 in), a beam of 20.75 m (68 ft 1 in), and a draught of 8 m (26 ft 3 in). They will be able to reach a top speed of 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph).

The ships will be armed with two quad box launchers of eight Naval Strike Missiles, OTO 127 mm (5in)/64 LW Vulcano naval gun, two OTO Marlin-WS 30 mm (1.2 in) autocannons, and six 12.7 mm (0.50 in) M2 machine guns.